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With his return uncertain, Lee said he needs “about 20, 30 at-bats” to prepare himself for the rigors of the season.

“I don’t know. It’s just a guess. I don’t know the exact number. You’d like to get some at-bats before the season gets going. I don’t think you need the 60 you normally get,” Lee said.

Showalter agrees with Lee’s estimate and can’t wait to have him back.

“Oh yeah, we’ll go along with what Derrek feels like for the most part. He’s been through quite a few spring trainings as a major league hitter. I’d lean on him for that,” Showalter said.

Without Lee, the Orioles have no obvious backup at first. Showalter has started Jake Fox, Josh Bell, Brendan Harris, Luke Scott and Joe Mahoney at first during spring training. Bell and Mahoney have never played first in the majors. Fox, Harris and Scott have a combined 55 games at first.